Hello my friends, well did I have a full day today or what. I started early, was up at 7:30, went to Curves then came home showered, and of course the usual hair and make up. I had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries and was on the computer for half an hour before I headed out.
My first appointment was with Dr. John, I was a bit anxious as he had called me when I was away and asked me to come in as soon as I could when I got home. I had lots of test just before vacation so was a bit concerned something may have turned up. I have been cancer free for 7 years but it always goes through my mind when something like this happens. It was all for naught as my test were the best ever...he said the "fix" is in and as he showed me my numbers on a graft it was so obvious how much I have improved everything especially during the past 6 months. He teased me about finding a way to manipulate the machines and their readings. When I told him I had ate and drank every day I was home, he said "good for you, you lived" he knows I will take control of my health now that I'm home, and I already have. Back to healthy eating and exercising. What he wanted to see me about was a new committee he asked me to sit on for the Northern Alberta Region on hospice care. They are stopping the course I have been involved in for the past couple of years and are starting a new system similar to it but I will be involved with more communities than just here and more on the administrative side but still dealing with leaders and patients. The committee will consist of 3 doctors, 2 RN's, 2 home care health workers and me, the only lay person. He said I was chosen not only because I'm a breast cancer survivor but I also am living with diabetes, RA and peripheral neuropathy. Also my previous experience and he likes my attitude and my way with patients and their families. (I think he felt he had to say this). Of course I said yes and was humbled and pleased that they thought I could help in my small way. We will meet monthly as a group and also weekly with whoever needs each other's services, advice etc. (doctors not included weekly but will be available for calls) Its a pilot project for now and we will make more definitive plans when we meet in September. He also wanted me to meet on Friday with a newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patient. This is volunteer work which I so love as it helps me to feel like I am giving something back to the community which has given me so much help and care over these past few years.
When I left Dr. John's office I headed to the Summitt Centre for several x-rays on my spine, neck, hands and feet. My RA doctor ordered them and had to be done before I see her on August 19th. Then I had lunch with my friend Kathy in St. Albert. On my way home I stopped at the bank, mailed a parcel to my niece in New York and stopped and had my forms faxed to BC then stopped at Wall Mart to pick up my Intuition Razor and blades I had left at home. Not real fussy about that store, the isles are filled with products and people, one can hardly move when pushing a cart. (Not to mention the way they treated my friend Terri) A couple of years ago I refused to shop there, my own personal boycott as I didn't approve of the way they were treating their staff, but I have to admit their prices on certain items suit my budget.
Then came the dreaded dentist appointment, which wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I am in the process of a root canal and it will take 4 more visits before its complete. He put me on another antibiotic so that makes 7 antibiotics a day for the next week. He couldn't do much today except x-ray as my jaw still has a lot of infection and he wasn't able to freeze it. (I had enough radiation today from x-rays to light up Morinville I'm sure.) I left there and went to the drugstore to fill my prescription, then went for my groceries. I needed almost everything as I had only picked up what I really needed the other day due to "the tooth". Today was seniors day with 10% off so I had a full cart. Came home put the groceries away, and did a load of laundry as I had changed my bed this morning. So by the time I finished everything it was almost 6 o'clock before I sat down to relax. Needless to say I wasn't very hungry and my mouth was tender so only ate some grapes and cheese at 8 pm. This is just the first day of my busy week although the rest are not nearly as full as today was and I don't need to keep driving into the city. All in all a real productive day and I do feel good knowing all that I have accomplished and just knowing I am healthy and doing the right things to stay that way is a great feeling.
This is a picture of my rental car, its such a joy to drive. It also has Sirius and XM radio and I enjoyed listening to my favorite talk shows as I was driving. Its a 2010 Ford Fusion and the trunk is so much larger than the one in my car. Believe me I had it totally filled up today.
Just another view of it....have to admit I am tempted to trade my car for one similar but it would not be a smart decision as mine is all paid for and only has 50,000 miles on it. It will due me until I move back home as I plan on getting a new car then.
It was much cooler today than it has been but the rain held off and the sun was out most of the day. They are calling for heavy rain tomorrow. I can handle that!
Marcy the name of my meditation CD is "Sounds of Nature...Meditation for healing of body, mind and spirit. I highly recommend it if you can find it, this one is a few years old as I bought it when going through chemo. Also I recommend Elizabeth Edwards book Resilience as I finished it today while waiting for x-rays and doctors. It shows no matter what kind of life we live or how much money we have we still have some curve balls thrown at us. Fantasy or perception cannot change anything, it is what it is and we are all responsible for our own actions. Forgiveness can be very healing and acceptance an even better healer. She now lives in reality, which is something we all should do. One doesn't have to be political to enjoy this book, but I do think one has to be a woman to understand it. I loved it and now her and her family are on my prayer list.
Wishing you all a wonderful day tomorrow and am off to do my meditation and have a really warm and wonderful bubble bath. Good night my friends and God Bless....xoxo